Rated 4.85/5 based on 13 reviews
Tasmyn Vaughn didn't expect much when her dad's job moved them to a small town in Florida; it was just another new school. But there is more to King than meets the eye, and soon Tasmyn's ability to hear others' thoughts is the least of her worries. More
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About Tawdra Kandle

Tawdra Kandle writes romance, in just about all its forms. She loves unlikely pairings, strong women, sexy guys, hot love scenes and just enough conflict to make it interesting. Her books include YA, NA paranormal romance, New Adult and adult contemporary romance and adult paramystery romance. She lives in central Florida with a husband, kids, sweet pup and too many cats. And yeah, she rocks purple hair.

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Review by: Graham Downs on Nov. 3, 2016 :
I don't read a lot of YA fiction, as a rule - and I read even less romance. But I saw this book free here on Smashwords, and the description intrigued me, so I picked it up.

It was actually quite an enjoyable story. Seventeen-year-old Tasmyn can read minds, and that makes it difficult for her to make any friends because she's always trying her damnedest not to accidentally hear random thoughts all the time. It's very stressful, and the constant effort means she tends to come off as reclusive to everyone around her.

One day, she overhears someone thinking about a blood sacrifice, and then the plot begins. Who thought that? Who (or what) will be sacrificed? When and how will it happen?

It kept me interested, entertained, and on the edge of my seat.

The romance angle seems to fit the plot quite well. An older boy professes his undying love to her, and convinces her that, because of an interesting trait in HIS family's history, he knows they are destined to be together.

Eventually, she comes to believe him, and the two end up fighting the evil witches together.

So far so good, but there were a couple of things that I didn't like.

First of all, the main plot of the story is pretty much wrapped up by around chapter forty or so (there are fifty-one chapters in total). I actually felt the book could've ended there... but THEN the real "romance" starts. And it's sickly sweet, and mushy, childish, and all the things I don't like about romance. I was actually toying with giving this book only three stars at that point, but I decided that I knew full well what I was getting myself into when I decided to read this book, and it's not the author's fault I don't like romance!

The second thing I didn't really like is that at various points throughout the book, Tasmyn finds herself having to reveal her secret mind-reading abilities to certain people. So far so good, but in all those cases, the people she reveals herself to don't offer very much resistance to the idea. Some of them may act like they don't believe her at first, but within a couple of paragraphs they're all in, and they trust Tasmyn completely. It's not very believable to me - if you've never met a mind-reader before, and don't really believe they exist, it'd take more than a couple of paragraphs to convince you that you were talking to one.

Finally, I felt there was one small plot point that wasn't truly resolved. Maybe it will be in the sequel, but I doubt it because the next one seems to be a completely different story.

Will I be reading the next one? Probably not. There's a sample chapter of the sequel at the end of this book, and upon reading it, it looks like it jumps straight into the over-the-top, can't-live-without-you romance that the first book left off on.

It makes sense, because now all the build-up has been done, and we know the two are together. The thing is, the build-up was what I liked BEST about this book.
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Review by: Stan Adelman on Jan. 17, 2015 :
Great teenage coming of age fantasy. The characters were well drawn and very appealing. I really cared what happened to them. The action in the story was consistent - everything that happened made sense, given the context. I've just bought the second book in the quartet and I'm looking forward to reading it.
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Review by: Luka L. Lindwurm on Nov. 23, 2013 :
I enjoyed this book, though I found the romance a little too sappy. It progressed from first meeting to perfection so fast that I soon felt as though I were reading the story of an established couple who'd met years ago and whose occasional moments of insecurity about their relationship seemed almost laughable because it was so obvious they were made for each other. I'm aware that getting insecure is a thing people do, especially teenagers, but it added nothing to the plot since any uncertainty was always cleared up immediately.

Other than that, it was a good read. I'm not sure I want to pay $4 for the sequel, but - as a note to potential new readers checking out the review section - this first book works well enough on its own, so don't be afraid to give it a shot. It doesn't end on a cliffhanger. :)
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Review by: Gary Mark Lee on Oct. 30, 2013 :
great book, a fun read, hope to see more very soon.
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Review by: Gary Mark Lee on Oct. 28, 2013 :
You had me at witchcraft! great book, fun story, read it!
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Review by: Jia Min Boo on Aug. 25, 2013 :
Great story with great feel which included mind-reading, witchcraft and destined love~
Love the characters and the story setting!
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Review by: Avid Mohavehiker on Aug. 3, 2013 :
Well worth the time spent reading this one. Ready for the next book.
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Review by: Mary Coolbaugh on June 25, 2013 :
Very good story, keeps you interested in what happens next???
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Review by: lisa on June 10, 2013 :
Loved the book
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Review by: Nickel Mann on May 29, 2013 :
Entertaining and
easy to follow.
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Review by: Luna Larios on May 23, 2013 :
I really enjoyed this book, I wasn't really sure what to expect but it surprised me and captivated me completely. I adored these characters and found that I could surprisingly relate to Tasmyn on some level. I'll definitely be reading more of this series.
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Review by: Dianne on May 20, 2013 :
Utterly beautiful and bewitching story that I read in one sitting.
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Review by: hrhsophia on May 13, 2013 :
A nice twist on the male with the supernatural power falls for simple sweet girl.A very enjoyable and non-irritating story about a young couple who brave some unusual challenges and learn to depend on and love each other.
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